This time, the Big Game is going to be HUGE. Super Bowl 50 is celebrating its golden anniversary at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7, 2016. The Super Bowl is returning to the Bay Area for the first time since 1985, when the hometown Niners routed the Miami Dolphins 38-16. Fans are already gearing up for another exciting matchup, and the best way to ensure that you’ll be there for every epic play is to grab Ticketmaster Verified Tickets.
On top of the highly anticipated Gameday with Coldplay & Beyoncé rocking the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, there are tons of things to do in the Bay Area leading up to the event. So here’s our Super Bowl 50 Travel Guide to help you plan your upcoming trip in the Bay Area.
Getting to Know Levi’s Stadium
The state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium opened its doors at Santa Clara, CA in July of 2014, and has become a preeminent destination for sports and music lovers alike. In addition to housing the San Francisco 49ers, the stadium has hosted music megastars like Taylor Swift, The Grateful Dead, and Kenny Chesney.
With nearly 75,000 seats, this is an ideal venue to host the Super Bowl. Levi’s Stadium has one of the largest lower bowls in football, meaning that most fans have better sight lines of all the action on the gridiron. That’s not to mention 165 luxury suites where fans can enjoy the Big Game in lavish style.
In addition to the luxury accommodations, Levi’s Stadium sets itself apart with some of the greenest features of any sports facility. The stadium’s water reclamation efforts, solar panels, and easy public transportation access have helped it earn LEED Gold certification—while still being able to house all the energy and excitement of the NFL’s ultimate showdown.
Super Bowl Excitement Leading up to the Big Game
Fans don’t have to wait for kick off on February 7 to score serious fun in the Bay Area. In the five weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50, tons of events are going down to get football lovers pumped. On January 10, Run the Road to Super Bowl 50 will kick off major festivities with 10k, 5k, and kids’ fun runs that end at Levi’s Stadium, offering an inside glimpse of this world-class venue.
Visitors can live out their ultimate NFL Experience presented by Hyundai in San Francisco starting on January 30, as daily football events will be coming to the city in the week leading up to the Big Game. Check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame Super Bowl Luncheon to honor legendary coach and announcer John Madden. Or head to the Party with a Purpose to #Kickhunger by raising money for foodbanks in all 32 NFL cities while enjoying a gourmet meal.
Fans also won’t want to miss Super Bowl City presented by Verizon, which also opens in San Francisco on January 30 to give fans a week of excitement leading up to the main event. This free-to-the-public fan village will take over Justin Herman Plaza in the Embarcadero, giving everyone an early chance to catch Super Bowl fever. The fun is never-ending at this all-ages extravaganza with player meet-and-greets and interactive exhibits on a daily basis.
Super Bowl 50 Calendar of Activities Leading Up to Gameday
Jan 9: Gold Light Event
Jan 10: Run the Road to Super Bowl 50
Jan 30 – Feb 7: Free Concert Series – Entertainment Lineup for Super Bowl Week
Feb 6: Taste of the NFL
Exploring the Bay Area
There are so many things to do in and around the Bay Area, it’s hard not to resist local activities like wine tasting, hiking, and sightseeing. Click on the markers and filters in the map below to explore different points of interest in the Bay Area and surrounding regions.
Built in the Silicon Valley suburb of Santa Clara, Levi’s Stadium is only 38 miles from San Francisco city limits. BART rapid transit, metro buses, and bicycle paths make the Bay Area one of the most accessible regions by public transportation in the country. And, for a city with a reputation for fun and friendly nightlife, this means it’s always easy to get where you’re going.
Sports fans will be hitting up events by the boatload in January and February. Pigskin fanatics won’t want to miss the Foster Farms Bowl as UCLA takes on Nebraska at Levi’s Stadium leading up to the College Football Playoffs. But you can also catch last year’s NBA Champion Golden State Warriors playing at Oracle Arena in Oakland, or the NHL’s San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center.
With families heading to the Big Game, it’s important to know about the all-ages fun to be had in the Bay Area. For instance, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo is the spot for thrilling excitement just over an hour away from the stadium. Other kid-friendly activities in the Bay Area include San Jose’s Happy Hollow park and zoo or Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland. And with sight seeing tours, you can soak up iconic San Fran landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz Island. Not to mention, Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, will be touring Northern California around the same time.
Music lovers can rejoice! In addition to Coldplay and Beyonce performing at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, and the recently announced Dave Matthews Band and Pharrell Williams concerts at Pier 70, visitors and residents will surely appreciate the amazing acts coming to the Bay Area around the time of Super Bowl 50, including an awesome Concert Series with more than 35 free performances by Grammy-winning headliners, community performers and local Bay Area favorites. Other awesome shows happening nearby are Black Sabbath at SAP Center at San Jose, Metallica and Cage the Elephant at AT&T Park, and more concerts happening at legendary local venues The Filmore, the Fox Theater, and the Mystic Theater.
Wondering what to wear? Depending on what team you’re rooting for, these Super Bowl 50 outfit suggestions might inspire you. Make sure to check weather conditions and temperatures before you go. The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its famous fog and microclimates, so remember to pack and wear layers as the weather could be in the mid 50’s °F to low 70’s °F according to Weather.com.
Visit sfbaysuperbowl.com for more information about great events coming to Northern California leading up to Super Bowl 50.
Updated to clarify that the NFL Experience is happening in San Francisco, not Santa Clara, and to include the news that Beyoncé is joining the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, and details about the Free Concert Series during Super Bowl Week. Originally published on Jan 4, 2016.